Category: Plays well with others (page 1 of 2)

Worked on the Watergate hearings

Day 28 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.

She served on the House Judiciary Committee for Nixon’s impeachment hearings at 26 (turning 27 while on the committee).

I think this is a fascinating point, even though her role on the committee was not significant – mostly, she researched and wrote briefs to support the efforts of her bosses. It seems incomprehensible to me, given the historic significance of the hearings, that this did not influence her long-term thinking.

First off, who gets an appointment like this at 26?

Secondly, how could it not affect you?

Although my goal here is to find reasons to support her rather than condemn her, I’m intrigued that her personal response to trouble is to resist intrusion (avoiding press conferences and sometimes obfuscating) rather than deciding transparency is the better choice. And this is decidedly a negative. I would love to know whether her resistance has been life-long or was adopted over time.

I’m choosing to put this experience in the plus column, in part, because she was so young to be given such an important job; in part because I think (emphasis on “I think”) it is impossible not to have been powerfully and negatively influenced by the experience at her age; and because I think it, in small measure, explains her resistance to investigation on an emotional level.

I also think it was an aberrant, but in many ways honest, introduction to the seamy side of politics and the lengths to which some people will go to win. Her mistrust of other politicians may have been built in early on.

There are, of course, rumors that she personally deprived Nixon of legal counsel (at 27!) and that she was fired from the committee.

For those, I deliver:

Instrumental in insuring 6 million children

Day 27 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.

She was instrumental in insuring 6 million children.

Her name is not on the SCHIP bill (State Children’s Health Insurance Program), but she worked within the White House to make it happen. She promised, when her more universal healthcare plan failed, that she would make sure that at least children were covered.

Then (and we’re starting to run into a few recurring threads in this journey), when it became apparent that, executionally, there were problems making it work, she stepped in and helped.

Some of the recurring themes are important to me. The pattern seems to be that she finds something she philosophically cares about (in this case, children), works to get it enacted one way or another – despite its unpopularity (Bill didn’t really want to do it – and he was President at the time), then figures out if it really works on the ground, and tweaks that until it does work. At the risk of being polarizing in a different way, I think this pattern exemplifies a reason that having a woman in the White House is a good thing. She doesn’t seem to lose sight of the less glamorous housekeeping aspects of her work.

(For the “buying into sexist stereotypes” crowd, I do not mean housekeeping literally, I am intrigued by her super-wide practical streak combined with ideology. Call me a sexist, but I do think women — IN GENERAL (millions of exceptions apply of course) — are better at this.)

Naturally, there are those who dispute her influence on this bill. For you, I provide FactCheck.

Has actually brokered mideast peace

Day 26 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.

She brokered an 18-month peace between Israel and Hamas.

Eternal peace would have been oh-so-much better, but 18 months is better than nothing and still very hard in a place where peace is so fleeting. And, in this case, she most likely averted an all-out war.

She did it because she has strong relationships with all of the parties involved. She did it while securing Israel’s safety. Hillary’s ability to forge strong relationships with a broad swath of people – and maintain them over time – seems remarkable. Yesterday’s post alluded to how she does it: she works with people in the trenches – and she listens. And they trust her.

Has actually worked with (“with,” yes, “with”) immigrants

Day 25 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.

She has actually worked with recent immigrants elbow-to-elbow and started her political life working in the trenches.

At 15, with her church, she organized a babysitting group for Mexican migrant workers in rural Illinois and she, herself, babysat as the parents and older kids worked in the fields.

In the fall of 1972, she and Bill blew off their Yale law classes and went to Texas to register young (this was the first election in which 18-year-olds could vote) and Hispanic voters.

While Bill was described as an affable socializer, Hillary actually went door-to-door in neighborhoods not naturally welcoming to a northern woman. Franklin Garcia, described as “a storied union organizer,” provided her entrée.

An early Texas contact, Garry Mauro, who was signing up voters for an Austin-based not-for-profit, said he found her “compelling” and “scary smart.” Some northern political activists blew into Texas, Mauro said, assuming they knew how to win elections here. “She didn’t do that. She asked questions and listened, then she asked some more questions and listened some more.”

These connections helped win her the Hispanic vote when she ran against Obama.


Not quite as centrist as I thought

Day 23 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.

She’s not quite as centrist as I thought.

One of my gripes about Hillary has always been that she is really a socially liberal (and even then, not quite as liberal as I would like) Republican. In significant issues, she strays further right than makes me entirely comfortable. However, on balance, she is more progressive than I would have given her credit for, and has demonstrated a pretty strong leadership role in the Senate.

For the most part, her stands on healthcare, gender equity and issues relating to children are what push her further left.

She is an effective legislator

Day 21 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.

She’s an effective legislator.

She introduced just about the average number of bills for a Senator. However, she exceeds the average significantly for bill amendments, which is one of the important ways senators influence legislation. She was also a regular co-sponsor of important legislation (versus renaming streets and post offices, which is a big part of the legislation that gets passed).

I was surprised to learn how much legislation is proposed, and amended, and never passed. I noted in a comment yesterday that – on average – only 4% of all bills proposed are passed. Last year, it was only 2%.…/did-hillary-clinton-have-her-n…/…/hillary-clinton-was-a-mor…/

She put herself on the line for her beliefs

Day 20 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.

As a 24-year-old law student Hillary worked undercover in Alabama to determine whether schools were abiding by the 1969 Supreme Court decision to integrate (they were not).

Apparently, this was a seminal moment in her awareness of the realities of racism and her activism. To that point, she was not a person of action or personal bravery (she was also young), but took a more cerebral, legislative approach. Since the segregation was against the law, it’s reported this experience opened her eyes to the limitations of legislation, i.e., just because it’s the law, doesn’t make it happen.

I do appreciate her willingness to challenge her thinking and push herself out of her comfort zone to find the truth.

She surrounds herself with smart, capable people

Day 19 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.

She surrounds herself with professionals and experts.

There are 15 key advisors working on her campaign. Among them, they have worked on a total of 22 presidential campaigns as well as several local and state-level campaigns.

Personally, I have always liked when I am surrounded by smart and knowledgeable people because it does make me smarter and better.,_2016

She’s been an advocate for children from the beginning

Day 14 — My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary and not just against Trump.

Her interest in, and relationship to, children and children’s issues goes back to the beginning. What’s seldom noted is that her BA from Wellesley was a double major: Poli. Sci. and Psychology, specializing in children’s development.

Her first three jobs out of Yale Law had to do with children’s rights and issues.

Here’s her letter of recommendation from one of those.

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Republicans like and admire her

Day 13 – Unearthing the reasons I’m voting for Hillary and not just against Trump.

Let’s ask the people who work with her what they think.

Steve King (3 days ago – for those who might forget, this is the man who said “non-whites” haven’t contributed to modern culture.) “I’ve sat across the table with Hillary Clinton eye-to-eye, and when you’re working outside of staff and outside of the press, she is somebody I can work with,” King said during a speech at the Des Moines Register’s Soapbox at the state fair.

Read more:…/2016/08/steve-king-clinton-226915…

Kissinger: “She ran the State Department in the most effective way that I’ve ever seen.”

Condoleeza Rice (Meet the Press) “No, look, it’s a unique situation. I think we all see that it’s unique. But my successor, Hillary Clinton, is an extremely talented woman. She is a woman of integrity. She believes in this country deeply. We’ve already had a couple of conversations. I know her from the time she brought her freshman daughter to Stanford for the first time when I was Provost. And she’s going to do this very well.”

Jeb Bush: “Former Secretary Clinton has dedicated her life to serving and engaging people across the world in democracy. These efforts as a citizen, an activist, and a leader have earned Secretary Clinton this year’s Liberty Medal.”

Mitch Daniels (former Rep. Governor of Indiana): “She is comprehensively experienced and has advantages that some of the other contenders would have to scramble to match in terms of her exposure to the world and… foreign policy.”

Gov. Mike Huckabee: “I would have great respect for the formidable nature of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. She’s more the policy wonk, the ideologue, less that incredible connector with people that Bill Clinton is…Hillary Clinton is a rock star within the Democratic Party…She’s a policy genius.”

Jon Huntsman (Utah Governor, Ambassador to China): I’ve worked around Hillary Clinton while serving as ambassador to China, and all I can tell you as a Republican is she’s pretty good. She’s smart. She’s hardworking. She – she relates to all kinds of people, and I was very, very impressed working with her as a Republican.

Rick Perry: ‘I think your efforts in trying to reform the nation’s health care system are most commendable.’ ‘I would like to request that the task force give particular consideration to the needs of the nation’s farmers, ranchers, and agriculture workers, and other members of rural communities,’

Arnold Schwarzenegger: ‘I think she is a very very bright woman and very experienced. I think this could be a great move,’

Gen. Petraeus: “She’d make a tremendous President.” “Mrs. Clinton was ‘extraordinarily resolute, determined and controlled’ in the wake of the attack.”

Oh wait, did I choose only Republicans? Did I choose only pretty conservative Republicans? Oops. My bad. I’ll try to be more fair and balanced next time.

I think this says A LOT. Not much need for me to chime in.


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